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At Lancaster Lane School we encourage the children to eat and drink healthily and our school meals reflect this.  We have a wide range of healthy options available to the children and they select their preferred choice from the half termly menus.


Dinner money is £12.00 per week


    If you would like your child to receive daily milk please order online at



Universal Free School Meals for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children


From September 2014 all pupils in Reception, Year One or Year Two in primary schools have been entitled to a free school meal.

Some pupils have a statutory entitlement to free school meals ie those pupils whose parents/carers are in receipt of certain benefits.  The benefits are listed below for information. Please let the authority know if you are in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits as our school can benefit from additional funding. This is known as Pupil Premium which is worth over £1300 per pupil for the school your child attends.



Free School Meals


For children in year three and above they could be entitled to free school meals if you get:

 - Income Support (IS)

 - Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

 - Income Based Jobseeker's Allowance 

 - Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

 - Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

 - Child Tax Credit and are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and your annual income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue, is less than £16,190

 - Working Tax Credit 'run on'- the payment you receive for a further four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

 - Universal Credit

Parents whose children are eligible for free school meals must have applied for them otherwise we will have to charge the full amount of £2.40 per day until we receive confirmation from the local education authority (tel no. 01772 531809) of your successful claim.


Free school meals can save you hundreds of pounds a year. If you receive benefits, your child could also get free milk, contact your school to find out what arrangements they make for school milk.


Your child does not have to have a free school meal if they are entitled to one but please still register as the school will receive Pupil Premium funding.

Click here  to find out how Lancaster Lane spends Pupil Premium funding and the impact this has had.





 How to claim


If you receive one of the above benefits, you can register your eligibility with the council so that the school can benefit from additional funding, called Pupil Premium.

The Pupil Premium gives schools extra funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. This is measured by the number of children eligible for free school meals based on the above qualifying benefits. It is worth over £1000 per pupil for the school your child attends.


To register for Pupil Premium:


By phone:

If you have not claimed for free school meals for your child before ring the Area Education Office (01772 531809)

It must be the person claiming the benefit that rings.

You will need to provide your name, date of birth and national insurance number.  They will confirm whether you are entitled immediately over the telephone.


By post:

Download the application form and return it to:

    Pupil Access Team South

    Level 1

    Christ Church Precinct

    County Hall


    PR1 8XJ



What happens next


If you are eligible, Lancashire County Council will let the school know that your child can have free school meals.

Each school makes its own arrangements for telling the dinner service staff who will receive free school meals. Contact your school if you have any questions.

Once your application has been granted for free school meals or pupil premium you never need to complete another application. We will check on a regular basis that your children are still entitled to free meals. We will let you know if you are no longer eligible. You should still contact the area office if you are no longer entitled to any benefits.